President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign is a nationwide effort to move American middle and high school students to the top of the pack in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) achievement over the next decade.
“Reaffirming and strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century,” said President Obama. “That’s why I am committed to making the improvement of STEM education over the next decade a national priority.”
The administration has identified three overarching priorities for STEM education:
- Increase STEM literacy so all students can think critically in science, math, engineering and technology.
- Improve the quality of math and science teaching so American students are no longer outperformed by those in other nationsI.
- Expand STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.
Speaking to key STEM leaders and local students, President Obama announced a series of high-powered partnerships totaling over $260 million in support from leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies dedicated to motivating and inspiring young people across America to excel in science and math.
Supporters include the MacArthur Foundation, Time Warner Cable, and Discovery Communications. With an investment of $7.5 million in mathematics and science education for preschoolers, Sesame Street, in partnership with PNC Bank, shows students are never to young to engage in STEM. Gary E. Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, explains,”Ensuring today’s children are prepared with the mathematics and science skills they need to compete in a global world must be a national priority.”